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Shouldn't cops directing traffic ... work? - Nothing to See Here

Jun. 26th, 2008

07:41 pm - Shouldn't cops directing traffic ... work?

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Earlier today, it took me 20 minutes to travel 300 feet... to pass through a junction with the lights out.

This was in spite of 4 cops directing the traffic.

I don't understand why it was backed up. Cops directing traffic should be more effective/efficient than traffic lights, not horribly less efficient.

In Dublin (Ireland), it has been my experience that when they put cops out directing traffic at junctions, traffic moves way better than on an average day with the lights working.

I don't understand what is different here. This is not the first time I've found cops directing traffic to be horribly inefficient in the SF Bay Area. Is it because they're not trained well? Because they don't care? Because the drivers are so clueless that they can't deal with directions from a police officer?

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From:athelind
Date:June 27th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
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I'd say A) and C) -- the cops don't have the experience to direct traffic gracefully, and most people in the Bay don't have a lot of experience BEING directed. I know I'd be kinda Very Slow And Careful And Possibly Confused if I hit an intersection with a Traffic Signal Made Of Blue-Garbed Meat.
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From:mavjop
Date:June 27th, 2008 03:58 am (UTC)
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I suppose you're probably right.
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From:targaff
Date:June 27th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
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As per the Fark headline for this news piece: "Police in Spain have arrested a man dressed as a policeman who directed traffic for about an hour. He was given away by the smooth running intersection and his politeness to motorists"
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From:mavjop
Date:June 27th, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)
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Heh, that's funny. :)
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